Wigmore Castle

Wigmore Castle

Wigmore was one of many castles built close to the England–Wales border after the Norman Conquest. Founded in 1067 by William Fitz Osbern, it was a major centre of power for over 500 years, and played host to several kings and queens. It was held by the Mortimer family from about 1075 to 1425, when it passed to the Crown. Roger Mortimer is perhaps the family’s best-known figure. He became virtual ruler of England after he and his lover, Isabella, Edward II’s estranged queen, had engineered the king’s deposition and murder in 1327.

In 1329 Mortimer held a lavish tournament at Wigmore, attended by the young King Edward III and his mother. His influence was shortlived, however: in 1330 Edward III asserted his authority, arrested Mortimer and had him executed for treason.

The castle fell into ruin after the Civil War and remained an untouched ruin until the 1990s, when English Heritage conserved it in a way that ensured the castle’s natural environment was preserved.

Entry Cost

This site is free to enter.

Hours

Open during any reasonable daylight hours.
  • Welcomes

    • Children welcome
    • Dogs welcome
    • Free entry
  • Special Features

    • Historical Interest
    • Rural location
  • Facilities

    • Picnic's welcome
Wigmore Castle

Directions & Parking

Map pin Wigmore Castle
Wigmore
Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 9UB
Located 8 miles West of Ludlow on A4110. There is parking in the village hall car park which is a 15 minute walk uphill to the site entrance.